Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Elina Svitolina routs Darya Kasatkina to retain Dubai Championships title

Elina Svitolina routs Darya Kasatkina to retain Dubai Championships title

Showing imperious form and that gorgeous forehand, Elina Svitolina waltzed into the record books on Saturday evening, becoming only the third player to defend the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title.

It was the second time this week that Kasatkina has saved match points on the way to an upset victory, after she held off two match points against seventh seed Johanna Konta in the second round. However, things were just going too smoothly on Svitolina's side, who maintained her high level to ultimately take the first set 6-3 after 44 minutes. "Definitely we are going to see more and more from her", Svitolina said. Kerber's aggression backfired as she came up with several unusual errors, but remained alive with a spirited hold which saw her fend off a break point with a clinical forehand cross-court victor.

The Russian admitted her energy reserves ran low after her hectic week on court. "Her best tennis comes when she's about to lose, I feel".

Elina Svitolina celebrates after winning match point to claim the title
Elina Svitolina celebrates after winning match point to claim the title

"Yeah, I really enjoyed".

Svitolina, 23, triumphed over Kasatkina with 6-4, 6-0 score in the championship's finals.

"I was pleased with how I played here this week", said Svitolina. "Yeah, okay, I didn't have enough for the final, but still it was very nice week". "My legs are like bubbles", complained Kasatkina, who was feeling the effects of the 9+ hours she spent on court en route to the final. Yeah, she was playing really good during all week. And congratulations too to Daria Kasatkina for her performances throughout the week. Yeah, I won four unbelievable matches.

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"I'm happy that it was in two sets because before we had such a tough battles".

Svitolina enjoyed a comfortable victory over an opponent she has now beaten in their last five meetings. But Chan has also enjoyed considerable success with 13 titles and a runner-up finish at Wimbledon past year, and her more aggressive play with Yang gave them the edge.

Kasatkina resisted to long baseline rallies as the No.1 seed gradually reduced the court her opponent needed to cover to gave the best glimpses of her counterattacking tennis.

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However, a slight misfocus saw Kerber easily giving her serve away before Svitolina grabbed the flawless opportunity to regain the rhythm. Yeah, I think that was the key.

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